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Willie Soon has taken $1.2 million from the fossil fuel industry to publish science that questions the role of humans in global warming. Journals need to do a better job of enforcing their conflict of interest policies. http://blogs.plos.org/biologue/2015/06/11/new-charges-of-climate-skeptics-undisclosed-ties-to-energy-industry-highlight-journals-role-as-gatekeeper/

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Drug companies aren't investing in research that helps insomniacs without the need for sleeping pills. But they should: http://bit.ly/1KXWgrG
Because this therapy corrects the habits and thoughts that promote insomnia, people retain healthy sleep habits.
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Fluorinated chemicals are toxic, ubiquitous and never break down. Why are they in hundreds of consumer products, including those that come in contact with food? http://ow.ly/Mny9p . 
Madrid Statement urges action on fluorinated compounds
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Many public engagement in science initiatives are more marketing exercises than genuine attempts to bring the public into decisions about scientific trajectories. What might true engagement look like? http://bit.ly/1EUKqc7
As California struggles with a measles epidemic brought on by vaccine-refusing parents and surveys reveal that 80 percent of Americans support mandatory la
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#Monarchs evolved with native milkweed. Planting exotic milkweed can confuse butterflies into mating when they should be migrating.
 
Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies' Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm than Good

Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.

Learn more from +Liza Gross at KQED Science.
Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.
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It's International Snow Leopard Day. A good time to reflect on the best strategies to protect these beautiful animals, known as the grey ghosts of the Himalayas http://bit.ly/1xdFiLN
The snow leopard, like most of the world’s big cats, survives by keeping a low profile. Yet its secretive nature and penchant for living among some of the steepest, remotest mountain ranges on the ...
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Colorful details about characters make any story come alive. Here's how to find them when you visit scientists where they work http://www.theopennotebook.com/2014/10/14/making-the-most-of-lab-visits/ #journalism   #science   #sciwri  
Any science story depends on getting the facts and figures right. But visiting scientists where they work allows you to move beyond the facts to glean insights into their personalities and passions...
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CA regulators say they're going to draft new rules to protect kids from #pesticides near schools. But true protection requires the same safeguards at home.
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I spent  nearly two years researching environmental health disparities in California. Here's what I found: http://bit.ly/1ab3Pvr #pesticides   #environmentaljustice   #agriculture   #fumigants   #strawberries  
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Worked on this piece about California's #antivaccination problem many, many months ago. Sad to say it's so timely. https://m.timeline.com/#!/stories/vaccination-immunity-measles-outbreak-disneyland-california #measles  cc +Chad Haney -- this is the piece I mentioned so long ago!
It’s heartbreaking that at least 68 kids have contracted measles from an outbreak that started at Disneyland last month. But the cruel twist of childhood disease at the Magic Kingdom is publicizing the dangers of not vaccinating. Here’s the problem: Every state nominally requires children to be vaccinated before entering kindergarten, but most states let parents opt out for personal or religious reasons. In California, for example, opt-out rates ...
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Yes, I knew about that. There's just too much to pack into a small piece, but thanks!
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So, +Chad Haney, I've got a piece that explores a new study on vaccine refusal clusters in the SF Bay Area that appeared in KQED, http://bit.ly/1CsBAAx, and then was picked up by NPR, http://n.pr/1xYcq8Q. Interestingly (or perhaps not, given that the SF Bay Area has several hot spots of refusal!) the NPR comments are positive while the KQED comments are anti-vax, on FB and G+ at least. 
Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.
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Thanks, +ChadHaney. Didn't realize I could do that. Just did. Feel better ;).
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In my first story for the New York Times, I tell a cautionary tale of good intentions gone awry. #Monarchs  and #milkweed  life cycles fell into sync over evolutionary time. Growing exotic milkweed can throw off that finely tuned relationship with bad results for monarchs. http://nyti.ms/1uE1foY
The migratory population of monarch butterflies is plummeting and well-meaning efforts by enthusiasts may be contributing to its plight.
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Good article. I appreciate the part where you are kind to well intentioned monarch breeders. 
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I'm a SF Bay Area freelance journalist and senior editor at the open access journal PLOS Biology. I write mostly about environmental health, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology.

I blog for KQED Science, http://blogs.kqed.org/science/author/lizagross/ and am a contributor to Environmental Health News. One of my latest pieces, No Beba el Agua. Don't Drink the Water, was part of Environmental Health News' Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, which won honorable mention from the Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.
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